Fine/Folk: Modes of Representation in African American Art (Collection from the MS Museum of Art)
The Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery of African American Art
March 12 – May 19, 2018
This exhibition addresses the aesthetic influences of both folk art and Modern art on African American artists in the 20th century. These objects, chosen from the Mississippi Museum of Art’s permanent collection, include a variety of media yet are centralized around the notion of identity and self-representation.
Ceramics on Fire: Wayne Ferguson
IP Casino Resort & Spa Exhibitions Gallery
March 6 – June 2, 2018
As a child seven year old Wayne Ferguson and his brother, Lemuel, played with modeling clay their mother, Lillian, made from salt, flour and blue food coloring. Wayne has been creating clay objects since and has been a teacher and exhibiting artist for fifty years. He has mentored many clay artists and has been an artist in residence throughout Kentucky from Benton to Harlan. Wayne is represented in many collections, most notably the Reverend Al Shands Collection and the Kamm Teapot Collection. He has also worked on several archaeological projects in the Tucson Basin and the Chiricahua Mountains. He has visited the potters of Mata Ortiz Mexico on two occasions as early as 1978. Building and firing Japanese style anagama kilns has been a personal journey since 1974. Wayne will have an exhibit of his most recent work at the George Ohr- O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi Mississippi in March 2018.
-excerpt from personal website